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“This Is A Town That Wants Thoughts and Prayers”: Why the Santa Fe Shooting Isn’t Working for the Anti-Gun Left

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The news media would have you believe that the Parkland shooting was an organic reaction to a nation crippled with far too many school shootings.

Young David Hogg, Cameron Kaskey, and Emma Gonzalez were just innocent kids who want to go to school without the threat of gun violence, but the big, bad NRA is so determined to keep making money (despite being a not-for-profit organization) they’ll just keep forking out millions to Congress to pass laws that empower school shooters.

Or something.

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In reality, Broward County, Florida, where Parkland is located, was already a deep-blue county long before the shooting, and these kids were already far-left ideologically, as is much of the community in which they grew up, so becoming enraged, anti-gun protesters was a natural conclusion for them following the horrific tragedy that they couldn’t otherwise explain than to blame the guns. 

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In Texas, the tragic Santa Fe High School shooting is drawing a stark contrast to Parkland, because, as Matt Post of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence told BuzzFeed, “This is a town that wants thoughts and prayers.”

“I don’t think guns are the problem — I think people are the problem,” said another student to NBC News. “Even if we did more gun laws, people who are sick enough to do something like this are still going to figure out a way to do it. So it doesn’t matter.”

Many more residents and public officials are also putting the blame not on the NRA or Texas’ firearm culture but on mental health, a culture of violence and death, and decreased mortality. They recognize that the weapons themselves aren’t to blame, but the angry young man who carried out the shooting and the various factors that might have driven him to commit such an act.

“We have created a culture that does not value life, that does not honor God, that does not respect authority. We are reaping the consequences of those actions, and that’s not going to be reversed by a security guard or a metal detector,” Rev. Brad Drake told the LA Times.

Matt Vespa of Town Hall notes that, of course, in Parkland, the guns weren’t to blame either.

“The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was part of an Obama-era disciplinary reform program that some are saying allowed him to slide through the cracks, despite serial write-ups on his behavior. He should have been committed in 2016 for cutting himself after breaking up with his girlfriend via the Baker Act. This would have shown up on a background check, preventing him from buying the AR-15 in February of 2017, which he used in the attack this year,” he explains.

“The FBI should have followed up on the two tips about him,” he continues. “The local police, who were called to his home over 40 times, in some cases, where Cruz was reported to have pointed guns at people’s heads, should have been able to do something to ensure public safety. The police, FBI, school, and local officials all failed here. It was a total failure. It wasn’t the NRA. It wasn’t the current gun laws. The current gun laws would have been able to prevent him from buying and owning guns if the officials had just acted upon the existing laws.”

“And don’t even get me started on the Broward County Sheriff’s Department,” he adds.

In Santa Fe, as well, the gunman was 17, meaning every step of the way he was breaking a law that’s already on the books. Santa Fe residents know this, and they know that a community in mourning deserves its time, and does not need to become a staging area for the next agenda-driven media hoopla.

“Out of Parkland there was a lot of rage immediately. I don’t feel that kind of rage here,” Post observed about Santa Fe. “It’s such a nice community that no one wants to be an adversary.”

Vespa notes that the left has a short memory, but the pro-2A right won’t soon forget this contrast. It’s sad, really, because maybe if more communities could behave in this way, we might actually be able to have more productive national conversations about how to end gun violence.

But that will never happen with a media deadset on sensationalizing and politicizing every opportune shooting.

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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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